The Bordeaux Wine School presents How the Experts Tackle Bordeaux
Join us in a series of live educational webinars that provide an insider’s perspective into Bordeaux today. In each webinar, our host will be joined by winegrowers and experts from Bordeaux who will passionately share their knowledge, insights, and stories. Each 1-hour live webinar is offered free to our trade partners and industry friends.
Our last webinars are all available on replay. Watch the previous episodes here.
THE HALLMARK OF BORDEAUX: 100% TERROIR with journalist Jane Anson and special guest, David Pernet
Getting to grips with the idea of terroir is fundamental to understanding this large region and its wines. In the webinar, Jane Anson will explore the questions: “what is terroir?” and “what is its impact on wine styles?” We’ll dive deep into Bordeaux’s location at the confluence of two major rivers, its dozens of local climates and soils, and the human factors that are shaping the wines across Bordeaux today.
Bordeaux’s signature golden wines have a long history thanks to a unique microclimate, diverse soils, and meticulous craftsmanship. This webinar will share perspectives from winegrowers and professionals making their mark with these exciting, yet often overlooked wines. We’ll explore the rich range and versatility of botrytis wines – can we truly get them off the dessert list? WATCH THE FULL REPLAY HERE
They’re young, passionate and ambitious – a new generation of Bordeaux with a desire to lead. Discover how the new faces of Bordeaux are tackling climate change, applying new techniques in the vineyard and cellar, and working together more than ever before to push their vision for the future and safeguard their iconic terroir for future generations. WATCH THE FULL REPLAY HERE
Follow one of Bordeaux’s great young winemakers, Basile Tesseron, as he takes us through a live harvest moment, from the vineyard to the cellar. Understand the philosophies and motivations behind each key decision made at this critical time and hear Basile’s take on how 2020 compares to other recent vintages. WATCH THE FULL REPLAY HERE
This first session dives deep into the Bordeaux vineyard, exploring the climate, soils and grape varieties planted. It looks at traditional vineyard practices and how these are evolving and how they shape the styles and quality of the wines produced. WATCH THE FULL REPLAY HERE
Bordeaux’s quest to attain 100% sustainable production entirely across the region may have initially been regarded a bold endeavor, but today, vineyard coverage has expeditiously surpassed 65% in just seven short years. Biodiversity and inclusivity have propelled this success. WATCH THE FULL REPLAY HERE
The “Place de Bordeaux” and all the brokers, en primeur, and tranches that go along with it – still exists today, making Bordeaux unique in the world wine trade. WATCH THE FULL REPLAY HERE
Part one of this series focuses on the history of white wine production in Bordeaux – when white grapes dominated the Bordeaux vineyard, the subsequent decline in white wine and then the renaissance in the 1990’s and 2000’s. We discuss the white grape varieties planted and in particular the groundbreaking research by Professor Denis Dubourdieu and his team in Bordeaux that identified the Sauvignon Blanc aromatic precursor compounds. WATCH THE FULL REPLAY HERE
Part two of this series focuses more specifically on the different Bordeaux dry white producing terroirs and appellations, with a deep dive into different vineyard factors (location, soils, micro-climates) that influence the choice of grape variety / ies planted and styles of wines produced. It highlights the incredible diversity of styles –from different terroirs and different winegrower philosophies. Part two also looks at the emergence of varietal wines as well as the expanding role of other varieties beyond Sauvignon Blanc such as Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris. WATCH THE FULL REPLAY HERE
You recognize Bordeaux because of its classified growths, famous estates and complex reds, but this group included just a small fraction of total production currently. The sweeping trend driving output today involves refreshing, vibrant, accessible and appealing wines, incredible value. WATCH THE FULL REPLAY HERE
The soul of Bordeaux is the blend. The skillful assembly of multiple grape varieties to produce a single wine is a centuries-old tradition in Bordeaux. Rarely does any single grape variety receive full billing in Bordeaux, a region where cépage is first and foremost. The question then, is what do individual grape varieties taste like in Bordeaux? How do they perform on different soils? Why do some Castles favor one variety over another? WATCH THE FULL REPLAY HERE
Within a short time, the production of rosé and sparkling wines has taken off in Bordeaux. Unknown to most that Sparkling Crémant de Bordeaux now accounts for a whole one percent of all Bordeaux wine produced. Rosé too, whether pale and delicate in style, or Bordeaux’s unique historic Clairet, is seeing tremendous growth each year . This webinar will take you through the history and current production of these unexpected styles, with insights, philosophies and stories from winegrowers making their mark with these exciting wines. WATCH THE FULL REPLAY HERE